It’s Halloween – that special time of year when kids go door-to-door begging for candy and older folks attend parties dressed up like zombies and slutty nurses. Unfortunately, some of us are too old for trick or treating, don’t have any kids to live vicariously through, and lack any kind of social life. For folks like us, there’s only one option: Pumpkin carving!
I used to think that carving a pumpkin simply involved chopping a couple of triangles for eyes then making a jaggedy mouth. However, it was only in recent years that I realised the art of the pumpkin could involve so much more, and the result of a night of hard effort would be rewarded by the praise of others. I’ve never been one to go in for traditional horror, and have instead chosen to focus my efforts on the slightly more geeky. This year, I decided that a video game pumpkin would be the best thing to carve.
I also invited a few others to join in on the fun, so I now present the results. I’m afraid I don’t have a great camera, so these certainly aren’t the best shots (had to take one during the day for a decent image), but I think they capture the spirit of the efforts we put in.
Oscar – Mark of the Ninja
This one was mine. I decided to base it on my favourite game of the year so far – Mark of the Ninja. I really wish I’d had more time to spend on it, as I would have liked a little more detail, but I think it gets the point across. My original idea was to have the light beam completely cut out and the ninja hanging from a chain, but decided that it may be a little difficult to see any detail in the characters, so settled on this compromise. I don’t think it quite does the excellent game justice, but if anyone at Klei Entertainment sees this, I really hope you like it!
Alex – Minecraft
This one was carved by Alex, a close friend of mine. It was his first experience with proper pumpkin carving (as far as I know), and we were pleased with the results – simple, yet effective. Here’s what he had to say about it: “Surely one of the most terrifying and iconic images in contemporary computer gaming. Works well on a pumpkin too, as it doesn’t deviate from the classic “face” motif. Had to leave it round Oscar’s though. I can never sleep knowing there is a creeper in my house.”
Katie – Portal
Yeah, I left this one until last for obvious reasons. It was carved by the talented Katie Marshall, and I’d like to point out that having grown up in America, she has a lot more pumpkin carving experience than the rest of us. I hope that with another 15 years of experience, I can create a pumpkin as cool as this one. Here’s what Katie had to say about it: “I decided to carve GLaDOS on my pumpkin because there is no villain that is scarier than an unhinged AI super computer with abandonment issues. Have a Happy Halloween, You Monster.”
I think we all managed to keep to a somewhat scary theme. I went for the fear of ninjas stabbing us in the dark, Alex went for the fear of being blown up, and Katie went for the fear of computers ultimately going psycho and murdering us all. I wish I’d had more guests to join in on the fun, but I suppose even three pumpkins creates a large enough pile of mess to clean up.
So now I leave it up to you. Do you have any awesome video game pumpkins you’d like to share with the world? Feel free to leave a comment, shoot over an email, or post pictures on our Facebook page. If we get some good ones, I’ll be sure to stick them on the site. Happy Halloween!
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